How Drinking Coffee Can Help You Lose Weight
For many people, waking up to a hot cup of coffee is a morning ritual they cannot do without.Whether you like it black, with a little coconut milk, or mixed with cinnamon and honey, coffee really allowance Liven up your day and keep you energized. (Heck—you can even get inspired by Starbucks' new line of coffee drinks, “Oleato,” which is infused with olive oil!) If you're trying to shed those extra pounds, your daily coffee routine can be especially clutch. We chat with an expert and share how drinking coffee can help you lose weight here.
Ms Laura Black, RDFounder of GetNaked® Nutrition and Lose Weight With Smoothies, breaks down the benefits of adding coffee to your weight loss regimen. However, she stresses that coffee should not replace a meal or snack.
“I often find that clients with a history of dieting still use the 3pm coffee as a food substitute, as a way to skip meals and save calories because it temporarily suppresses your appetite. So when you’re hungry, Please eat,” Burak told us.
That being said, coffee can be a great addition to the body-building steps you're currently taking. So read on to learn more about the best ways drinking coffee can help you lose weight. Next, don't miss these 5 things to do every morning to lose weight faster, nutritionists say.
Coffee can help you feel full.
Your daily coffee habit can promote satiety, or the feeling of fullness. This can help you avoid overeating or unhealthy snacks.
“It's also a liquid, like water, and helps keep your tank or stomach full, so if you're trying to lose weight, it helps you eat more moderate amounts of food,” Burak explains.
It can give you an energy boost and kickstart your metabolism.
Coffee contains caffeine, which boosts your energy and metabolism.
“The amount of caffeine you consume when you wake up can be the difference between whether or not you work out that day,” Burak explains. “Especially as a mom, it really gives me energy and motivates me, and is part of a calming morning ritual , so I owe coffee a lot of love. Of course, but also make sure to focus on quality sleep and don’t use coffee for artificial energy in the long term.”
Black coffee is a very low-calorie beverage.
If you prefer to drink black coffee, Burak says a cup of coffee contains less than five calories. So, a regular cup of hot, additive-free coffee has zero sugar and essentially no calories, making it an ideal drink if you're trying to lose weight.
Beware of the “extras” you add to your coffee.
Of course, you may really, real Love seasonal lattes and flavored coffees, but they can seriously hurt your weight loss progress. Many people fall into the bad habit of making coffee with creamer, syrup and whipped cream and turning them into total “sugar bombs,” says Burak. Even nut, seed, and oat milks sound like healthier options these days, but they all have added sugar.
“Whether your health goals include weight loss or not, be wary of extras you might add to your coffee that can add a lot of unnecessary calories to your diet and add sugar and saturated fat,” Burak explains . “Drink a few cups of coffee a day or less so it doesn't make you jittery, increase anxiety, or interfere with your night's sleep. Also, remember that coffee is not water and won't help you stay properly hydrated, So make sure you drink enough water.”
Alexa is Mind + Body Associate Editor for Eat This, Not That!, overseeing the M+B channel and bringing readers engaging fitness, wellness and self-care topics.Read more about Alexa